OraTaiao submission to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 17 September 2019
"We would like the government to take steps to ensure all default KiwiSaver providers are divested from the fossil fuel industry (companies involved in the exploration, extraction, refining, processing and burning of fossil fuels)."
Read full submission here (PDF).
Friday 27 September 2019, NZ and globally
OraTaiao is supporting the student led global climate strike calling for bold action on climate change. Currently we have a confirmed presence at events in Auckland and Dunedin. Look for the OraTaiao banner and join us at these times and places:
Auckland - Aotea Square, 12pm, 27 September
Dunedin - Dunedin Dental School, 12pm, 27 September
We'll post here with information about other centres as they are confirmed. For information on school strikes around the country see here.
If you are working on 27 September see here for some resources to share and actions you can take at work.
Feature article by Bruce Tsai, Kendall Robertson and Susanna Lees Watts. NZMJ Digest Issue 91. Read here.
Stuff.co.nz: 'Plant based' diet could cut disease, hospital costs and emissions, NZ health sector says
Article on the benefits of a sustainable diet and why we need a strong Zero Carbon Bill with quotes from Dr Alexandra Macmillan, OraTaiao Co-convenor.
Interview here with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, on the need for well designed climate policy.
Interview with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, about why healthcare workers are demanding stronger action on climate change. Read more here.
29 August 2019
This morning at Environment Select Committee hearings, five health sector groups representing more than 55,000 health workers, called for health and fairness to be at the heart of a strengthened Zero Carbon Bill.
“We support a Zero Carbon Bill to help us stay within 1.5 degrees of global warming to protect people’s wellbeing from the impacts of climate change. It also needs to be strengthened to take advantage of the huge opportunities of well-designed climate policy for better health and wellbeing. With well-designed climate policy we would expect to see substantial health gains,” says Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.
Groups submitting to the Select Committee this morning were OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, NZ Nurses Organisation, NZ Medical Association, Public Health Association of NZ, and NZ College of Public Health Medicine. More than 20 organisations, representing much of the healthcare workforce, also made written submissions on the Zero Carbon Bill.Read more
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
9 August 2019
The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population.
“People and the planet will both be healthier if we shift towards a plant-based diet, and cut back on meat and dairy, as recommended,” according to Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.Read more
Climate Q&A: will we be less healthy because of climate change? Dr Alexandra Macmillan. The Conversation, 7 August 2019.
The overwhelmingly negative effects of climate change on health are a strong argument for urgent action to reduce our climate pollution.